PhD position Electrical Engineering & Energy Technology

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jul 2023

10 May 2023
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Research Field

Engineering » Electrical engineering
Technology » Energy technology
Engineering » Industrial engineering
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

15 Jul 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description
1 - Working at the VUB

Freedom, equality and solidarity have been central to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel for over more than 50 years. These values are also very much alive on our campuses, among students and staff alike. Here you will find a colourful mix of personalities who all have one thing in common: they are innovators pur sang who are 100% their authentic selves. With some 4.000 employees spread over 4 campuses, we are the largest Dutch-speaking employer in Brussels, the vibrating international capital of the European Union.

The VUB is a humanist university. Teaching and research at the VUB are grounded in the principles of free inquiry with an eye to humanistic values. We consider each person to be free, equal, and connected. Free to form an opinion based on free research, without regard to arguments based purely on authority. Equal in the sense that no one is more or less than another, regardless of social or ethnic origin. And connected because we all live together, face the same challenges, and want to be treated with respect. 

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

2 - Position description

The Faculty of Engineering, Department Elektrotechniek en energietechniek, is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral grant


More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate, contains: 


ETEC belongs to the Faculty of Engineering and is part of the research group MOBI - Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre. MOBI is a multidisciplinary team that combines internationally recognized expertise in the fields of electrical and autonomous vehicles, power electronics, propulsion systems or powertrains, environmental impact analyses of vehicle technologies, renewable energy and sustainable mobility, transport and logistics and intermodal transport.  MOBI has grown into a multidisciplinary team of more than 120 employees and has a solid internationally recognized reputation.


You will conduct research and teach in the field of power electronics and drivetrains.

1.    Research : You participate in the research that is carried out within our ETEC department. 
a.    You specialize in the following topics: power electronics with new transistor technologies with a focus on modularity, control system, energy management systems and drivetrains;
b.    You work/use MATLAB Software and optimization (such as co-design optimization);
c.    You develop advanced cooling system with innovative concepts for modular power electronics concepts;
d.    You work out projects independently;
e.    You are working towards a PhD.


2.    Education : To a limited extent, the assignment also includes the coordination and supervision of exercises, practicals and projects (WPO) in course units within the Bachelor of Engineering Science, the Master of Engineering: mechanical-electrical engineering (such as EM and VTT). The concrete assignment is determined annually in consultation with the candidate. Dutch is the language of instruction for part of this WPO of the following courses and English for another part:
- Power Electronics (3BA-NL).
- Measurement Technology (3BA-NL).
- Integrated Practica (3BA-NL).
- Technology project - Kart (2BA-NL).
- Electrical traction (MA-EN)

3.    You present your work at international conferences and publish your work in Q1 and Q2 journals. 
4.    Outreach : you contribute to the activities of the university that aim to recruit students or give you the opportunity to present your research to a wide audience.


The effective implementation of the PhD grant is subject to the suspensive condition of enrolling the PhD student as a PhD student at the university.



For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base. 

3 - Profile

What do we expect from you?


You have a master’s degree in Engineering or Industrial Sciences; preferably specialization in power electronics and drivetrains.  


You are fluent in Dutch and English.


  • You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated) period of more than 12 months.

4 - Offer

Are you going to be our new colleague?


You’ll be offered a full-time PhD-scholarship, for 12 months (extendable up to max. 48 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of the PhD activities), with planned starting date 01/11/2023


You’ll receive a grant linked to one of the scales set by the government.


IMPORTANT: The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of your enrolment as a doctorate student at the university.


At the VUB, you’re guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.


As well as this, you’ll enjoy various benefits:

  • Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
  • Cost-free hospitalisation insurance;
  • The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
  • Excellent facilities for sport and exercise;
  • Ecocheques;
  • Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants;
  • An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work-life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a fulltime contract).

5 - Interested?

Is this the job you’ve been dreaming of?


Send us ONLINE and at the latest on 15/07/2023  your CV, letter of motivation and the highest degree you’ve attained (not applicable for VUB alumni).


Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Prof. Omar Hegazy at  or on +32 26292992.


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Research Field
Years of Research Experience
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Research Field
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

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